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Tips To Managing Your HVAC System This Holiday Season


When you’re hosting a holiday gathering at your home, you want everything to be perfect. And while it may seem as though you’re paying attention to every last detail, few people give thought to their HVAC system. Living in the desert, HVAC upkeep is especially important. Here are 5 tips for managing your HVAC system for your upcoming holiday gatherings:

  1. Schedule Your Annual Maintenance

The best solution to any problem is always to take action before a problem begins. Schedule your annual Las Vegas HVAC maintenance before the day of the celebration. Then you can rest assured that your guests will be comfortable.

  1. Dust the Vents

In any large group, there is bound to be somebody who suffers from allergies. Things your family might not be sensitive to could be a trigger for one of your guests. Go around and dust any visible vents in your home. You can also wipe them down with a damp rag to remove any dust that may have accumulated.

  1. Change Your Filter

Your HVAC system’s filter keeps dust, dirt, allergens and other contaminants from blowing into your home. This makes a huge difference in your indoor air quality. Usually, these filters should be changed once a month, or once per season at minimum.

  1. Adjust the Thermostat

When you’re hosting a party, the temperature tends to rise due to all of the extra body heat from your guests. Plus, you probably have a turkey or ham cooking in the oven, which is also warming up the house. A few hours before your holiday gathering begins, turn your thermostat down by a few degrees, ensuring your home will still feel comfortable while filled with guests.

  1. Keep the Door Shut

Every time you open the door, the warm air from inside escapes. This makes your HVAC system work harder to recover. Try to minimize the number of times you are opening your door and avoid leaving it ajar.

 

Schedule a Maintenance Visit for Your HVAC System

If you take the time to consider your Las Vegas HVAC system in advance, you will be rewarded with a nice, warm home throughout the holiday season. Call us today at 702-385-2665 to schedule an appointment.

 




Hit by Flash Flooding in Las Vegas? Why You May Need an HVAC Replacement


As frightening as flash flooding can be, dealing with the aftermath can be even more stressful.

Many homeowners are dealing with flooded heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment from the recent monsoon season. And many are now confronting the possibility of an HVAC replacement in Las Vegas.

Here we answer some commonly asked questions about HVAC units impacted by flooding:

Question: My outdoor unit got flooded with water. What should I do?

Answer: Turn it off and call a professional to inspect the damage before turning it back on again. Instant Air provides 24 hour service for instances like this, so be sure to call us right away so we can get you back up and running ASAP.

Question: So, I really I shouldn’t turn on my AC?

Answer: Correct. If you haven’t already turned it on, leave it that way. And if you have turned it on, turn it off immediately. Even if your air conditioner looks OK, or you think the heat may have dried it out, it’s not worth taking the chance as it could lead to irreparable damage.

Question: My neighbor turned on his flooded unit after a few days and it seems fine. So what does this mean?

Answer: It’s difficult to tell without seeing the unit in person. But remember that looks can be deceiving. It’s possible that your neighbor’s condensing unit sustained considerable damage – and that he is taking a safety risk by continuing to run his air conditioner in a compromised state. It’s never worth taking chances with a complex piece of electrical machinery like an air conditioner.

Question: So what can flood water do to an air conditioner?

Answer: Potentially, lots of things. The electrical components – the wiring, fuses and circuits – may be damaged. Plus, flood water tends to be dirty and clogged with debris. This debris can cling to the condenser unit coil. So even if your air conditioner is working now this grime may be reducing its efficiency and eventually cause the unit to falter. Your HVAC system represents one of the biggest investments you’ve made in your home. Entrust a reputable HVAC contractor to clean, dry, disinfect, repair and restore it, if possible.

Question: “If possible” sounds like I should prepare myself for the possibility of an HVAC replacement. Is this correct?

Answer: Yes, this might be a smart move. Take it from the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, a trade association that has been advising homeowners dealing with flood damage from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek has been encouraging flood-ravaged homeowners to “play it safe” with their HVAC systems: “Standing water in a yard, house or basement can damage a home’s heating, cooling and water heating equipment in ways that are not always readily apparent, putting families at risk. We advise homeowners to play it safe and replace, rather than repair, flood-damaged heating, cooling and water heating equipment.”

Schedule an Inspection or Las Vegas HVAC Replacement Quote

Avoiding a professional HVAC inspection after a flooding can lead to detrimental consequences. Protect your investment by scheduling an Instant Air technician to come inspect your unit for damage. If it’s beyond repair, our team will guide you through different HVAC replacement options and provide recommendations. If you have any further questions, please call us at (702) 385-2665.




Why You Should Consider an HVAC Replacement in Las Vegas Now


You work hard for your money, so you’re careful about how you spend it, especially on a major investment like a new HVAC Replacement for your Las Vegas home.

So now you want to run through that list of motivators just one more time – as you should. Let an authoritative third party, the U.S. Department of Energy, lead the way. Then allow the most reliable and trustworthy HVAC company in Las Vegas, Instant Air, cushion this investment with a $1,000 summer end discount.

When it’s Time to Consider a Replacement

No matter what the brand, most HVAC systems are rugged and durable. But even when they’re well maintained and tuned up once a year, they will not last forever. As machinery, they have a definite lifespan. If you’re considering an HVAC replacement in Las Vegas, the department of energy says “the writing is on the wall” when:

  • An air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
  • The furnace or boiler system is more than 15 years old.
  • The system is breaking down more frequently, requiring repairs.
  • Your energy bills keep going up while your usage has remained constant.
  • Some areas in your home are too warm, too cold or too humid.
  • Your home is excessively dusty.

Why Fall is the Best Time for an HVAC Replacement in Las Vegas

Some Las Vegas residents question the wisdom of investing in a new HVAC system at the end of summer, assuming they will miss out on taking advantage of its cooling power since the hottest days of the year are behind them. The second part of this statement is probably true, but it should be weighed against some compelling realities:

  • Fall is the hottest time of the year for discounts, such as Instant Air’s Summer End Closeout deal. This $1000 discount off all HVAC units can put a replacement within financial reach for homeowners on a strict budget.
  • Fall is typically a slower time for HVAC companies – between the hottest days of summer and coolest days of winter – so homeowners can usually find more convenient scheduling.
  • Fall is a time of more moderate temperatures in Las Vegas. Most systems can be installed in less than one day, but if you have to be without your HVAC system while a new one is being installed, fall is the time to be without it for even a short time.
  • Fall obviously arrives before the end-of-year holidays, when many people understandably declare a “time-out” on home spending because so much of their money is targeted for gifts, parties and other special purchases.

Schedule Your HVAC Replacement in Las Vegas

At Instant Air, we know you work hard for your money – and we want to help you keep more of it. But just as all the 100-degree days will soon be a thing of the past, the $1,000 Summer End Closeout won’t last forever, either. Call Instant Air at (702) 385-2665 and schedule your HVAC replacement in Las Vegas while this offer remains hot.

 




Why You Should Upgrade from a Portable AC Unit to a New HVAC Installation in Las Vegas


You’ve tried to make the best of the summer’s blistering, relentless heat. But going home to a window or portable air conditioning unit is a lot like jumping in the back seat of someone’s car and constantly shifting your position so that at least your forehead benefits from a blast of intermittent cool air.

You try to grin and bear it, but enough is enough.

Like many of your neighbors, you may be just one 100-degree-day away from giving the green light to an HVAC installation in Las Vegas. But first, you may wish to run down the list of annoyances of temporary cooling methods one more time:

Window Units are Inherently Flawed

Window air conditioners can be an affordable temporary solution, but their limitations underscore why they usually don’t assume permanent occupancy in a home. Window units steer many people to an HVAC installation in Las Vegas because the units can be:

  • Limited in range, sometimes unable to cool even one room comfortably
  • Less efficient than billed, especially if the seals are poorly secured and let warm outdoor air indoors
  • Noisy, especially when the “low” setting is kicked up to “medium” or “high”
  • A security risk, especially on a lower level
  • A maintenance nuisance if they leak water outdoors to an inopportune place
  • An eyesore, especially because you cannot cover or disguise them

Portable ACs Can Be “a Lot of Hot Air”

Window units can seem like bliss when contrasted to portable units, which Consumer Reports warned readers to regard “as the cooling choice of last resort” because many tested units:

  • “Barely got a room below sweltering, let alone the 78 degrees Fahrenheit that’s considered the upper threshold of indoor comfort.”
  • Aren’t nearly as “portable” as people think since they: often weigh between 50 and 80 pounds; can be difficult to roll over carpet; and a hose must be connected to a window.
  • Must be positioned far away from walls or furniture to encourage air flow and so create an obstruction.

Add Up the Benefits of Central Air as Part of an HVAC Installation in Las Vegas

It may be tempting to liken the comfort of central air conditioning to jumping from the rear seat to the front seat of a car on a hot summer day. But even that is an understatement when you consider that central air conditioning:

  • Delivers cool air to every room in a home – and on all levels
  • Reduces humidity (which is what Willis Carrier had top-of-mind when he invented what he called his “dew point control system” in 1902)
  • Improves indoor air quality – a particular relief for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses
  • Can be more affordable to operate than temporary cooling units (which run constantly)
  • Improves a home’s marketability
  • Runs quietly – and sometimes without detection except for the clicking sound when the thermostat engages
  • Does not detract from the aesthetics of a home since the main component (the compressor) is installed outdoors
  • Is simple to manage and operate – and can be made even more so with a programmable thermostat

In case these benefits aren’t motivation enough to schedule an HVAC installation in Las Vegas, consider saving $1,000 off a unit with our Summer End Closeout deal. We’ll ensure that your system is sized correctly so that you can finally dispense with temporary cooling solutions – and learn what it’s like to find full relief from the city’s blistering, relentless heat. Give us a call at (702) 385-2665 to take advantage of this special while it lasts!

 

 

 

 




Things to Consider When it Comes Time for an HVAC Replacement in Las Vegas


Aged cooling, heating, and ventilation systems can be extremely loud, inefficient, and prone to frequent breakdowns. If you haven’t undergone an HVAC replacement in Las Vegas in the last decade, it’s time to consider it.

Repair or replace, what should you do?

Old AC Unit

The first questions we ask our customers when they request our advice for the repair vs. replace are when their equipment was installed and who installed it.

In general, air conditioners and furnaces manufactured in the 1990s and through today were designed to last upwards of 20 years in mild climates. However, you can hardly classify summers in Las Vegas as mild.

Often times, homes with an HVAC system installed by a building contractor, not specialized as an HVAC technician, have an undersized unit since they simply choose based on the size of the home. However, there’s much more to cooling and heating a home properly than simple square footage. Getting an improperly sized HVAC unit can lead to a whole host of issues, including increased wear and tear, insufficient cooling or heating and poor humidity control.

Therefore, we recommend HVAC replacement in Las Vegas for any equipment older than 10 years or if you are experiencing any of the following problems common with an inefficient and/or improperly sized HVAC system:

  • Frequent break downs
  • High energy bills for your neighborhood and home size
  • Variances of temperatures throughout the home, meaning some rooms feel too hot or too cold
  • Issues with humidity levels
  • Excessive dust throughout your home
  • Unreasonably loud equipment appearing to continually cycle on/off

First steps to HVAC replacement in Las Vegas

Should you opt for HVAC replacement in Las Vegas through Instant Air, our team will begin with a consultation at your home. We will look at all your cooling and heating needs, while retrieving accurate readings from your home, to ensure you get the best-sized HVAC system for your home.

In addition to ensuring you get the most efficient sized and designed HVAC system, we also offer specials on the latest in energy efficiency, check-ups, and installations, just in time for the hot summer season.

Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and friendly HVAC experts, by calling (702) 385-2665 today.




Take the long view on replacing a furnace in Las Vegas


Las Vegas Furnace Replacement

It’s a rare customer who jumps for joy over the prospect of replacing a furnace in Las Vegas.

After all, unlike other major purchases, you can’t drive it, you can’t cook with it and you probably won’t even take a picture of it and post it to your friends and family.

But oh, the intrinsic benefits you will derive once it’s in place. Replacing a furnace in Las Vegas requires taking the long view because it’s a long-term investment in your home. Still, you should notice some benefits right away, including:

  • No safety concerns, especially with regard to carbon monoxide emissions – a growing concern as furnaces age.
  • Greater reliability, meaning no more breakdowns and costly repairs.
  • Improved efficiency, which should show up on your gas bills. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that highly efficient Energy Star furnaces save many homeowners about $100 per year.
  • Better indoor air quality, especially important if you have young children (who ingest more air in relation to their body weight) or someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies.

Replacing a furnace in Las Vegas made easy

Keep these forward-thinking ideals in mind as you decide whether it’s finally time to replace your furnace. The U.S. Department of Energy says six factors signal that it’s time to stop “patching” a furnace together to keep it running and replace it instead. So ask yourself:

  • Is your furnace about 15 years old? If so, it is (sorry to say) entering its final stage of reliability. Like all complex electrical components, furnaces have a lifespan. And even if you have kept your furnace free of dust and dirt and have been diligent about annual maintenance checks, most furnaces last between 15 and 20 years.
  • Has your furnace required more frequent repairs (excluding the annual tuneup) over the last two years? Like cars, furnaces are known for “acting up” in big ways and small ways the last two years of their lifespan.
  • Have your gas bills been going up, even though there has been no marked change in how you use your furnace? Yes, gas rates could be a factor. But if you’re not using your furnace any differently, it might be running far less efficiently than it once did. New Energy Star furnaces register efficiency ratings in the 90s – a vast improvement over minimum efficiency standards that stood at 78 percent in 1992.
  • Has your furnace become a noisemaker? Unusual noises could range from shrieking and high-pitched squealing to thumping, rattling and clicking. Just like your car, strange noises coming from a furnace are a cry for help – a certain sign of trouble on the horizon.
  • Does your home feel too cool, too warm or too humid in places? A furnace that is on its last leg often has difficulty heating a home properly (although it’s also wise to check whether leaks in your ducts or poor insulation could be a contributing factor).
  • Is your home excessively dusty? Have you been sweeping up more dust, dirt or rust particles on the floor surrounding the furnace? Old, efficient furnaces tend to be dirt traps, and rust – a precursor to corrosion – is a significant red flag.

In the end, nothing compares with a thorough inspection of your furnace. Call the furnace experts at Instant Air, who know all about replacing a furnace in Las Vegas after more than 20 years in the business. Owner Oscar Poort is a truly rare breed – someone who aspires to “help clients find solutions to their needs and improve their lives on a daily basis.” He and Instant Air might not cause you to jump for joy over the prospect of replacing your furnace, but you just might over the service they provide and the confidence they inspire.

Contact Instant Air today at 702-385-2665 to schedule your Las Vegas furnace replacement.




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